How to buy & sell empty toner cartridges

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How to buy & sell empty toner cartridges
Learning how to buy and sell empty toner cartridges can pay off. (printer cartridge image by hugy from

Many people don't realise the value of the empty ink cartridges we all use in office printers and some inkjet printers. In fact, most printer owners and business offices simply discard empty ink cartridges. It's not only lucrative but also an environmentally sound practice to buy, sell and recycle empty toner cartridges. You can make a nice bit of money back on your ink purchases if you sell empty cartridges. You can also buy empty cartridges to sell later. Empty toner cartridges sometimes go for between £1.90 and £13, depending on the cartridge.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Go to office businesses that use copy, fax and other printing machines, and inquire about purchasing their empty toner cartridges. Many times these businesses may give you the cartridges for free, or they may want to negotiate a fee.

  2. 2

    Print up flyers and business cards to purchase empty toner cartridges, and put them in places in your community where printing services are offered, such as graphic design shops, print and copy shops or near office supply stores. You may then get phone calls, inquiries and requests about purchasing empty toner cartridges.

  3. 3

    Sell your empty toner cartridges to office supply stores such as Staples or Office Depot. As of 2010, these businesses offer £1.90 for an empty cartridge. Or you can get an in-store credit for the cartridges toward other ink purchases.

  4. 4

    Sell empty cartridges to online toner cartridge purchasing companies such as or These businesses offer as little as £1.90 for smaller brands of empty cartridges and as much as £13 for higher-end cartridges.

Tips and warnings

  • You may also donate empty toner cartridges to state schools, libraries and non-profit organisations.

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